Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
I really enjoyed this historical novel set in the 1660's in Martha's Vineyard. It is narrated by Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of a Calvinist minister who has made it his life's work to convert the native Wampanoag to Christianity. She becomes friends with Caleb, who eventually becomes the first native American to graduate from Harvard College. It is a very well written story about the clash of cultures and the difficulties for women who were intelligent and interested in learning. This is the fourth novel by this author and I have read all three of her previous novels: Year of Wonders (my favorite), March, and People of the Book. I rate it 4 out of 5.